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Some photos I took at an Albion Fire Department training earlier this summer. As I recall, the temperatures got into the high 80s that day ... that's good weather for spraying water. After all, this is Indiana--it's not like the humidity could go up any more.

The photography part was spur of the moment this time, so these are cell phone photos ... although cell phone cameras are getting a lot better, these days. Considering how much I love taking pictures, I should keep the regular camera closer.


Aug. 31st, 2018 09:24 am (UTC)
I never watched Grimm; the last season of Once Upon a Time was set in Seattle, but of course, that show wasn't quite so ... grim. :-) As a small town guy, I often can tell when the creators set their shows or movies in small towns but are from big cities themselves. They have trouble with their sense of proportions, and often can't tell what realistically would or wouldn't be in a community of a certain size. A small city covered by a volunteer fire department with a single antique truck, for instance. We cover a population of about five thousand scattered over 95 square miles,and still have nine fire trucks of various types.

Sunnydale is a perfect example: It's supposed to have a population of what, about 39,000? Maybe things are different in California, but the place seems to have way more businesses and services than the population would support--not to mention a body count that just couldn't be ignored the way it is. But I think Joss meant it as kind of a parody of small towns in horror movies anyway, so maybe that doesn't count.
Sep. 2nd, 2018 11:58 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I grew up in a tiny town outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa. So small.
For us, Scranton was BIG. I also lived in a small town when I was a VISTA in NC. :-)

Movies made after the 50s set in small towns are almost never on point.

And yes: I agree: Joss was parodying small town life. (Spike: Home Sweet Home is Sunnydale.) :-)

Sep. 3rd, 2018 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sunnydale was one of those places that started out small and grew with the necessity of plot. Oops--we need a second high school. A college. A military base. A beach. A dock!
Sep. 7th, 2018 03:06 am (UTC)
True, that. Was there an airport, as well? Don't remember.
Sep. 9th, 2018 01:43 am (UTC)
I had to look it up! Yes, there was: It's how Kendra ended up in Sunnydale, stowing away on an airplane, and it's shown or mentioned in about a dozen episodes.

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